Crest Hill hires two police officers
By Erin Biesen Correspondent December 24, 2012 9:50AM
Updated: January 27, 2013 6:20AM
With money acquired through the sales tax increase, Crest Hill recently announced the hire of two new police officers. Nicholas Calderone and John McHale were sworn in and will begin training at the police academy on Jan. 7.
The hirings were among several announcements at a recent city council meeting.
Economic Development Director Bryan Gay announced his resignation effective at the end of December.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you and all the residents of Crest Hill as the economic development director for the last three years,” said Gay. “This was not a decision I made lightly, and this was not something I was even looking for.
“Over the last three years we have done a lot of great work together, there is still work to be done and I hope the city continues to work on that over the next few years and continue to move forward, he said.
The city council praised Gay for all of his work and progress.
“Economic development is very important to the city of Crest Hill, and you brought us into a new stage of the ball game I must say. I just want to thank you publicly for everything that you did for the city. You were a tremendous asset,” Mayor Ray Soliman said.
The city also appointed an interim water and wastewater superintendent.
The position filled by John Roberts will be vacant at the end of January 2013 when Roberts will retire after 22 years of service to the city.
Soliman felt an interim position would be best, since the city is only a few months away from election and the job is a mayor-appointed position.
Mike Greenan was appointed to the position. He has 35 years of experience and he worked previously for the city of Lockport.
“Thank you for the vote of confidence that you have in me to lead your utility department for the next few months. Hopefully in the next few months we will see a brand-new treatment plant on the east side of town. This will make the fourth treatment plant that I will get the opportunity to see the construction of, as well as the start of operations,” he said.
In other news:
BCR and CC Grove of Willow Springs made a toy donation to the city. Ward 2 Alderwoman Brenda Lelis worked with the events committee, and donated one large bag of toys to each of the local schools. The toys will go to those students in need at Chaney Monge School, Richland Elementary School and Crystal Lawns Elementary School.